Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bind-it-All Scores a Big Hit!

Here at Zutter we like to advocate that the Bind-it-All is not just for crafting (though we LOVE our crafty projects!)  There are times that our faithful Bind-it-All can create projects that are not traditionally crafty.   

Take for example this project that I recently completed for our karate studio where we train – the Orange County School of Martial Arts, known to us as OC Kicks!  They recently staged a large competitive tournament, and in true martial arts fashion, we all came together to put the details together.   

One item we needed were scoring paddles.  These are the score signs that the judges will flash once a competitor has demonstrated their karate form.  Scores generally are between 5.0 and 10.0.  Manufactured signs can be quite expensive (we needed at least 30!), and others made with regular copy paper and bound with office document binders just didn’t suit the look we wanted.  We wanted something that would last years into the future when we have annual tournaments.

Cue the trumpets – Bind-it-All and Zutter to the rescue! 

I experimented with a variety of styles, but finally settled on using 10X10 Zutter Clipboard Wood (available at Liquidation prices), 4X6 pieces of cardstock, and Zutter ¾” owire in silver.  With the help of a woodworking friend (he’s a red belt ninja), we created these uber professional looking scoring paddles.

Large 3.5” size numbers were printed on the cardstock, which were rounded with the Round-it-All to create a smooth finish.  The wood-working ninja fashioned a handle and attached it to one edge of the Clipboard Wood.   We painted the entire piece midnight blue.  I punched the holes for the cardstock, and set up an owire assembly line and bound all the numbers to the boards.  

The scoring paddles were the hit and looked great in action.  Zutter Zister Nan and daughter Franny took home some bling and karate-chopped our way to helping with a great event.  So think outside the crafty box and use your Bind-it-All and Zutter materials for other events – you’ll be amazed at what you can create!

Franny tried to swing a score higher than a perfect 10!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

This is great! That is what you call thinking out of the box :)